The closing of Jimmy’s Oriental Gardens in 2006 no doubt left many crying in the beer they couldn’t have anymore at their favorite watering hole. But Jimmy’s was greater than a sophisticated souse’s favorite non-divey dive bar, as it had been a Chinese restaurant, run by the same family, no less, for half a century, a last remnant of Santa Barbara’s long-gone Chinatown.
Just less than five years since the closing, you can once again get a
beer or some wine in Jimmy’s. For deli Three Pickles, a neighbor, has
moved into the restaurant side of the building, spiffed the space up,
and hopes to carry on the Jimmy’s vibe a bit, even handing out fortune
cookies with orders.
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